The creators of Yo Gabba Gabba bring their colorful preschool show to the Orpheum on Saturday, February 22nd. Readers tell us the show is a lot fun. To get ready, we spoke with the co-creator of this popular Nickolodean show, Christian Jacobs.
How does creating your live show differ from the one kids watch on TV?
There's more work involved creating the TV show because with theatre, you build one show and then do it again and again. You're tweaking it while you're on the road, but mostly its the same thing each night. With the series, each episode takes more hours, creating the set, the props, and the storyline. But don't get me wrong, it's all fun. The kids love it when DJ Lance steps onto the stage. They go nuts!
How has the show evolved over the past...
I recently took my two children to visit the National Civil Rights Museum in downtown Memphis. I wanted them to learn about social justice issues and it turns out this museum is the perfect place to do just that.
We talk some beforehand about the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., so we can all be better prepared for our visit. As we walk up to the museum, the children notice the wreath on the railing of the Lorraine Motel. They also spy a photograph of the men on the balcony.
I tell them Dr. King and his friends were going to dinner when a shooter took his life. My 5-year-old immediately wants to know if King was a daddy. I tell her he left behind a wife and four children, and that it was a very sad time for the world.
“His family must...
Now that Memphis has had a day or two of warm weather (just enough to confuse the poor daffodils), our thoughts turn to the coming of spring.
I'll be the first to admit, I know absolutely nothing about plants. They either look pretty or get mown down in our yard. I couldn’t tell you the difference between a daisy and a Bellis Simplex if my life depended on it.
With my floral ignorance in full bloom (yes, I'm turning over a new leaf and going for the blooming puns), my 4-year-old daughter and I read Blooming Buddies In The Garden by Deborah Donner and Wendy Petersen (Pixie Land, Inc.) What's more, we read this book of verse (wait for it) — on Superbowl weekend! How manly is that?
The author and illustrator are friends who each own many acres of land...